Claremore Daily Progress

February 15, 2014

BASKETBALL: Verdigris rolls past Lincoln Christian

JON POTTS
Special to the Progress

TULSA — The Verdigris Cardinals posted a pair of 23-point victories over the Lincoln Christian Bulldogs Friday night.

The Lady Cardinals, ranked third in Class 3A, won 68-45.  The Verdigirs boys, ranked fourth in 3A, had all five starters score in double figures in an 81-58 win.

The Lady Cardinals and Cardinals are now 20-2 and 19-3, respectively.  

Verdigris closes its regular season Tuesday at Berryhill and then hosts Metro Christian in the district playoffs next Saturday.

Girls: Verdigris wins 61-45

Baileigh O'Dell had another solid night as she finished with a game-high 27 points. Teammate Courtney Risenhoover had 16 points.

The Lady Bulldogs (11-10) had a trio of double figure scorers.  Shaelyn Ward scored 12 points while Krysten Williams and Abigail Scott finished with 10 apiece.

Lincoln Christian got the first points of the game but Verdigris scored the next eight and was not seriously threatened again.

The Lady Cards were ahead 18-10 after the first period.  Risenhoover scored eight points in the frame.

Verdigris led 37-21 at the half and extended to a 59-26 advantage after three quarters.  O'Dell had 10 points in both the second and third periods.

Boys: Verdigris rolls 81-58

Laef Payne led the charge with a double double, 18 points and 14 rebounds.  Freshman Brewster Peacock also had 18 points for the Cardinals.

The Bulldogs (10-11) had three players finish in double figures.  Chad Willcut, Nate Landers, and Riley Young scored 16, 13, and 12 points, respectively.

Verdigris came out strong and eventually was up 27-16 after the first quarter.  

Peacock and Willcut had seven points for their respective sides in the initial stanza.

The Cardinals stretched their lead to 45-23 at the half.  The advantage was then 63-43 after three periods.

Verdigris finished the game 20-of-21 at the free throw line.